Office of Rural Programs


Pullman, Washington WRITE Site

Palouse Medical
825 SE Bishop Blvd, Suite 200
Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: 509-332-2517


Student Perspectives:

Integrating with a primary clinic was my most worthwhile experience during WRITE. I could see myself living in this community and practicing in this clinic after residency.

Past Pullman WRITE Student


Primary WRITE Preceptor

Stephen Hall, M.D.
Family Medicine

Dr. Stephen Hall has been providing primary family medicine and obstetrical care to area residents for over 13 years! Dr. Hall graduated from medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1985.  As the top student in his class, he received the Horowitz Award for academic excellence. After finishing medical school, he completed his three year family medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center, at Travis Air Force Base in California.

Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Hall traveled the world while serving on active duty as a physician in the United States Air Force.  He enjoyed his service in the Air Force, taking the opportunity to stay involved with intra-mural sports between squadron teams, taking in the local sights, and developing a great love for the traditions and culture he encountered.  Dr. Hall spent two years living on base at the Iraklion Air Station, located on the Greek island of Crete. He was one of the last 30 people who remained on location, assisting with the official closing of the base. The next three years he spent at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy.

On a visit to the states, he learned of the need for physicians in the Palouse area. This proved to be the right place for both he and his young family. Finishing his service in the Air Force, he came directly to Pullman and joined the practice of Dr. Jim Duffy in 1997. A year later, this family medicine clinic merged to form the Palouse Medical we know today.


Participating Physician:
Stephanie Fosback, M.D. (Internal Medicine)

Site Contact:
Theresa Kwate:

As a multi-specialty clinic, we are proud to offer a wide variety of comprehensive primary and specialty care services. Our health care team is comprised of highly trained and experienced professionals –all committed to providing you with the best patient care possible. Website:

Pullman is about five hours from Seattle, 90 minutes from Spokane, and six hours from Portland. If you are flying into Pullman by plane, the Pullman/Moscow Airport is close. The Lewiston Regional Airport is about 45 minutes from Pullman and is located in Lewiston, Idaho. Spokane International Airport, which is an hour and a half away from Pullman, is serviced by most airlines, and you can take the Wheatland Express to Pullman for free.

Interesting Facts:

1. Pullman was established as a “company town” in the 1880s.

George Pullman of the Pullman Palace Car Company established the town of Pullman as a “live-work” community in the 1880s. The town was a separate entity from the City of Chicago. The neighborhood was inhabited by employees of the company who paid rent to their employer. The town was annexed into the City of Chicago in 1889, but the properties were still owned by the Pullman Palace Car Company until they were forced to sell the property in 1898.

2. Pullman served as the epicenter for one of the largest strikes known in history.

During the Panic of 1893, a serious economic depression that began in that year, the Pullman Palace Car Company laid-off hundreds of workers and cut wages. However, George Pullman still paid dividends to the shareholders and charged the employees rent. These actions angered the employees and triggered the Pullman Strike in 1894. The strike escalated to a national level when it interrupted delivery of U.S. Mail.

3. The first African American Union was formed in Pullman.

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was organized by Asa Philip Randolph as the first all-African-American union in the country. Their goal was to achieve fair rights for African American employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company.

4. The 900 rowhouses and public buildings built by George Pullman form the Pullman Historic District.

In the 1960s, the neighborhood was slated for demolition in order to construct an industrial park. However, a WWII Civil Defense Organization fought to preserve the community. In 1972, Pullman was recognized as a Historical Landmark District.

5. Some of the animation from the movie, The Polar Express is based on the Pullman neighborhood.

This fun holiday movie also nods towards the history of the railroad industry in America. Some of the architecture in the film is based on the structures in Pullman. Director Robert Zemeckis is actually from Roseland, the neighboring community of Pullman.

Here is a list of attractions for Pullman:

Weather Trends:
In Pullman, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 86°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 95°F.